The Office of Vocations exists to promote, discern and direct priestly and religious vocations among men and women of the Diocese. Although a vocation begins with a personal call from God, rooted in Baptism, to serve God"s people, it also involves a call from the Church, which discerns in an individual the necessary gifts for a life in Holy Orders or Religious Life.The Office of Vocations, invites qualified men and women to consider committed ministry in the Church, and evaluates and forms potential candidates for priesthood.The Office of Vocations is responsible for:
Fr. Juan Pablo DavalosDirector of VocationsAt the Last Supper Jesus said to his Apostles, “It was not you who chose me, it was I who chose you to go forth and bear fruit. Your fruit must endure, so that all you ask the Father in my name he will give you”(John 15.16)I love being a priest. I thank God for helping me to listen to the call to priesthood, for putting in my life wonderful people through whom it was easier to discern my vocation and for giving me the understanding and strength to answer "Yes." It is incredibly gratifying to live a life of deep meaning. I thank God for that gift, which continues to deepen and grow.If you have ever felt an interest in knowing more about priestly and/or religious life (even if the interest seems to be minor) I encourage you to reflect and pray, asking God to open your heart to His call; you may be receiving a genuine call. It is not a coincidence that you are now reading material on this topic. It is a real mystery how God calls his people; therefore, this office is meant to walk you through the basic information and discernment on how a person becomes a priest or religious person. I hope and pray that you also allow God to speak to your heart. The possibilities can be immense and the rewards out of this world. It will be a pleasure for us in the diocese of Brownsville if you consider us as an option.As Vocation Director, I invite you to contact me, so that we can talk further about God’s call for you.May the Lord Jesus truly be the Lord of all that we do and are. Asking God’s blessing for you and the intercession of Our Lady the Mother of God.I look forward to hearing from you!
"Each of you has a special mission in life, and you are each called to be a disciple of Christ. Many of you will serve God in the vocation of Christian married life; some of you will serve him as dedicated single persons; some as priests and religious. But all of you must be the light of the world. To those of you who think that Christ may be inviting you to follow him in the priesthood or the consecrated life I make this personal appeal: I ask you to open your hearts generously to him; do not delay your response. The Lord will help you to know his will; he will help you to follow your vocation courageously." - Pope John Paul II at a Youth Gathering, St. Louis, 1999
Prayer for Vocations(Pope Benedict XVI)
O Father, raise up among Christiansnumerous and holy vocations to the priesthood, to keep the faith alive and guard the gracious memory of your SonJesus through the preaching of his wordand the administration of the Sacraments,with which you continually renew yourfaithful.
Give us holy ministers of your altar, who are careful and fervent guardians of the Eucharist, the sacrament of the supreme gift of Christ for the redemption of the world.
Call ministers of your mercy, who, through the sacrament of Reconciliation, spread thejoy of your forgiveness.
Grant, O Father, that the Church may welcome with joy numerous inspirations of the Spirit of your Son and, docile to His teachings, may she care for vocations to the ministerial priesthood and to the consecrated life.
Sustain the Bishops, priests and deacons, consecrated men and women, and all the baptized in Christ, so that they may faithfully fulfill their mission at the service of the Gospel. This we pray to You through Christ our Lord.
Mary, Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Oración por las vocaciones(SS Benedicto XVI)
Padre, haz que surjan entre los cristianos numerosasy santas vocaciones al sacerdocio, que mantengan viva la fe y conserven la grata memoria de tu Hijo JesúsMediante la predicación de su palabra y la administración de los sacramentoscon los que renuevas continuamente a tus fieles.
Danos santos ministros del altar, que sean solícitos y fervorosos custodios de la Eucaristía, sacramento del don supremo de Cristo para la redención del mundo.
Llama a ministros de tu misericordia que, mediante el sacramento de la reconciliación, derramen el gozo de tu perdón.
Padre, haz que la Iglesia acoja con alegría las numerosas inspiraciones del Espíritu de tu Hijo y, dócil a sus enseñanzas, fomente vocaciones al ministerio sacerdotal y a la vida consagrada.
Fortalece a los obispos, sacerdotes, diáconos, a los consagrados y a todos los bautizados en Cristo para que cumplan fielmente su misión al servicio del evangelio.
Maria, Reina de los Apóstoles, ruega por nosotros.
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